Congresswoman Elaine Luria Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill That Would Pay Coast Guard Members During Shutdown

January 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would ensure United States Coast Guard members are paid during the duration of the government shutdown.

“We rely on our brave Coast Guard to provide maritime safety, security, and stewardship,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Members of our maritime security service need to put food on the table, fill their gas tanks, and pay their rent or mortgage. They should never bear the burden of political breakdowns.”

The Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security, so it is the only service branch currently running without funding during the shutdown. U.S. Coast Guard service members were given a one-time emergency stipend in late December, but their next pay period on Jan. 15 is not guaranteed, according to federal guidance.

The Coast Guard provides ample safety and support to Virginia’s Second Congressional District. The district hosts and supports U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Fifth Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, and many units and field offices, totaling 2,100 Active Duty and civilian personnel, 810 Reservists, and 1,300 Auxiliarists throughout the Tidewater area.

In her first week in office, Congresswoman Luria voted to reopen government and directed the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to withhold her salary for the duration of the government shutdown.

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07) is the sponsor of the bipartisan Continuing Appropriations for the Coast Guard Act. Congresswoman Luria and fellow Virginian U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01) are among the original cosponsors.